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Weekend tech reading: The effect of EU browser ballot

By Matthew
Feb 27, 2011
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  1. The Windows browser ballot: the winners and the losers On 1 March 2010, the EU Browser Choice ballot came into being. Rather than Microsoft being allowed to bundled Internet Explorer with Windows, it would offer all European users a choice of the "12 most widely used web browsers that run on Windows 7," either during the initial setup of a PC or later via Windows Update. A bold plan, yet seven of the 12 argued that it didn't go far enough. PC Pro

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    Ugh. That new windows UI is terrible! It looks like it was aimed completely at people with no understanding of technology.

    it just screams "simple UI for simple people"
     
  3. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    i think windows should remove IE, its the main source of all their "security flaws"
     
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,577   +47

    Maybe i'll have to agree with you there myself.

    It looks rather brave if anything...Although you'll never fully know till you've had your claws into it for a while.

    Who knows, maybe it looks so bad, that it might actually be good. Some stuff does have a way of turning out like that sometimes.
     
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +91

    I doubt that's the UI.
     
  6. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 275

    That UI looks unintuitive for anyone who is even remotely a 'power user.'

    But as long as MS allows people to switch to the conventional layout that we've become accustomed to over the past fifteen years, then I don't mind.
     
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,475   +624

    Well, I can confirm the second story. I'm in my third and final year of studying IT at university, and I know **** all. :D
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,908   +91

    Ouch! :haha:
     
  9. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    ditto
     
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,590   +351

    The misleading story title was copied from the source (DailyTech). To me it's obvious that UI won't make it to Windows 8, at least not as the main interface which as usual will be a evolutionary step from what we have today. Microsoft spends (wastes?) a lot of money on research that often doesn't make it to the final product. Having that said, the UI in question looks like something you could better use on a touch-based interface, like tablets or MS' own Surface PC.

    As for the kind of improvements we should see on Windows 8, I think Microsoft did many of the right things going from Vista to W7, now it needs to iterate faster on features that simplify computing. In this sense I like what Apple is announcing for OS X Lion (versions, resume, autosave).

    On dropping IE... they will never do it. They still possess a sizable share of the browser market and getting rid of IE would be renouncing to the search market and their dominance in certain Web verticals that are monetized using IE as leverage.
     
  11. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 946   +22

    That rant about people being inexperienced out of school is just an excuse for employers to hire foreigners at sub par wages and to ship our jobs overseas. The us didn't enact any sort of import taxes because, for example, the chinese government was paying us. If the stuff is too technical, train or lower your expectations. There really isn't anything that remarkable coming out in the last 30 years for all these certification requirements, etc. Just look at the mistake that was vista. Where's the AI; the voice commands, etc.? In the 70s, 200 people could use a single mainframe computer efficiently with just 5 meg of memory. The response time was actually faster than the present day internet. You only had to install 1 program and 5000 people used it. Have we digressed?
     
     
  12. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 632

    Its funny how Microsoft and Apple are becoming what the other was 10 years ago.
     
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,060   +76

    When I read this I couldn't believe someone would say it, name one browser which doesn't suffer from security or other issues? I doubt you can do it in a dozen life times. A piece of software 'can never be safe' no matter how much its creator tout it to be. There will always be issues and loopholes for others to find and exploit.

    Secondly, in the past IE wasn't even half as good as the competition, but with IE9 MS is very close to others, and performance difference is near to irrelevant. Asking MS to drop IE is like asking Apple to drop Safari (although it is like comparing Apples to Oranges).
     
  14. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 429   +19

    "Two planets found sharing one orbit" how did that end up here? Nice article though!
     
  15. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Heh ya, but it was a great read.
     


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